CFAES’s Eugene Braig takes a deeper look at keeping your pond (and the fish that live in it) sustainable.
Long periods of ice and snow on a pond are hard on the bass, bluegills and other fish swimming below, sometimes even killing them. We revisit a winter 2015 article, featuring CFAES Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director Eugene Braig, that shares details — and what you can do.
See woods, ponds and prairie — and prairie plant compadres like this monarch butterfly — in the Gwynne Conservation Area during the Sept. 20-22 Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. Then check out the 40-some talks in the area that are scheduled throughout the Review. Many of the speakers will be experts from CFAES. Trees, fish, wetlands and wildlife will be among the topics — plus managing pastures, safety with chainsaws and even Zika mosquitoes. See a complete schedule of the talks here. Read more here.
Aeration often can do a pond good, says an expert with CFAES. It can keep the pond from stratifying, which can make the water and fish in it healthier. Continue reading
What to do with old Christmas trees? Sink them in your pond, if you have one, to give fish a place to hang out — and to give you, if you fish for those fish, a better chance of finding and catching them. The trees provide structure; structure tends to concentrate fish. A free online fact sheet by CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, shows you step by step how to do it. (Photo: iStock.)
Better fishing in your farm pond. Better success when you plant new trees. Fewer nuisance wildlife problems. More singing bobwhite quail, or even just any for starters. Natural resource experts from Ohio State, Purdue, and several agencies will give 30 presentations at Farm Science Review next month, all in the Gwynne Conservation Area, and all on a single theme: ways to manage your land even better — your woods, waters, and wildlife. They’ve posted the topics and schedule (pdf).